Nvidia Unveils 'Star Wars' Lightsaber-Themed Glowing Graphics Cards

Tuesday, 07 November 2017 - 7:55PM
Star Wars
Tuesday, 07 November 2017 - 7:55PM
Nvidia Unveils 'Star Wars' Lightsaber-Themed Glowing Graphics Cards
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Who hasn't daydreamed about wielding a lightsaber in real life, or planned out what color blade they'd have should they ever get the chance to learn the ways of the Force?

Alas, most of us don't get much opportunity to swing a lightsaber around as part of our daily lives, but perhaps swinging a glowing computer around might be the next best thing (don't actually do that). We do, however, make ample use of computer technology, and as such, Nvidia wants to create the closest thing to an authentic Star Wars experience that the technology company can provide.

The Nvidia Titan Xp is a powerful and expensive device, with 12 gigabytes of memory, and 3,840 CUDA cores running at 1.6GHz. This thing is twice as powerful as the brand new Xbox One X, which Microsoft has eagerly been touting as the most advanced games console on the market. Like them or hate them, gaming PCs are far more versatile and capable than even the cream of the console crop.

For those who have both a love of super-fast PC gaming and Star Wars memorabilia (it's not exactly surprising that Nvidia thinks there's an overlap between these two demographics), two special edition versions of the Titan Xp have been produced, both of which are designed to look like lightsabers in use, complete with glowing colors. Considering how far-reaching Star Wars merchandising extends, this actually isn't quite the weirdest one.

Fans of the Galaxy Far, Far Away can choose to follow Luke Skywalker's example and embracing the Light Side (Mark Hamill insists his character isn't turning evil any time soon), by upgrading their PC with a glowing green saber that bears the words "Jedi Order" on the side. Alternatively, they could follow in the footsteps of Luke's father and take the quick and easy path, with a bright red glowing graphics card that bears the symbol of the evil Galactic Empire.

Either choice is acceptable, as while these versions of the Titan Xp are collector's editions, both are to be freely available in the coming weeks for a limited time. Would-be purchasers should be aware, though, that these things do need to be plugged into a computer, so if you don't have a clear case to display all the cool glowing lights from within your rig, you might need to look into that.

You'll also need around $1,200, as that's the current retail price of the Titan Xp. Hardcore PC gaming doesn't come cheap, unfortunately, and this is no different.

Considering that Nvidia has already attempted to gain the support of Star Trek fans by constructing a functioning Holodeck, it seems that the company may be trying to bring balance to the Force by uniting these ancient warring sci-fi clans. Soon, it'll be possible to enter a digital VR world that was built to resemble Star Trek, by utilizing a computer that's made to look like a Star Wars weapon.

Once you've got that set-up, all you'll need is a Stargate mousemat and a Battlestar Galactica desktop wallpaper, and you'll be ready to embrace the full spectrum of star-based science fiction fandoms.

Whatever your set-up may look like, if you end up going with one of these special edition Star Wars themed Titan Xp cards, it's a thematically appropriate way to try out Star Wars Battlefront II.  For the rest of us, there's always the classics: Jedi Knight or X-Wing will run on pretty much any PC, and Knights of the Old Republic is even available for five-year-old iPads these days.
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